October 17, 2019
Foster Hill Farm Protected
Foster Hill Farm, the former Milford, PA home of local businessman and philanthropist Dick Snyder, has been transferred to the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and permanently protected with a conservation easement.
A conservation easement is a voluntary, legally binding agreement between a landowner and a land trust that permanently protects a property’s natural values while the landowner continues to own and manage the land, subject to the permitted uses detailed in the easement. The conservation easement on Foster Hill Farm allows for a variety of activities including farming, forestry, and sustainable community uses, if the landowner chooses.
The Conservancy is currently seeking a conservation buyer for Foster Hill Farm. The 73-acre property is listed for sale with Davis R. Chant Realtors and features a five-bedroom main house plus a guest house, multiple barns and outbuildings. Learn more at www.DelawareHighlands.org or www.chantre.com.
Prior to his untimely passing, Dick Snyder valued the work of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and wanted to invest in its mission. He believed that the Board of the Conservancy would be good stewards of the proceeds from the farm. In his typical altruistic spirit, Mr. Snyder made the Conservancy the beneficiary of Foster Hill Farm knowing that the Conservancy would protect the land’s natural resources while allowing sustainable uses including forestry, agriculture, and community purposes.
Proceeds from the sale of the farm will be used to support the Conservancy’s mission of land conservation. As the easement holder, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy will work with the landowner to provide assistance and guidance in caring for the land. The Conservancy will also perform annual visits to Foster Hill Farm to ensure that the requirements in the conservation easement are being upheld. This will guarantee that the farm’s unique conservation values are protected forever.